Yankees Rumors & News

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Yankees batting coach’s plan to make Jacoby Ellsbury a productive hitter again

    New York Daily News "The Yankees would prefer Jacoby Ellsbury hit the ball - not the catcher’s mitt. As such, batting coach Alan Cockrell has been working with Ellsbury on moving his contact point 3-4 inches more in front of his body. Ellsbury set a major-league record last season by reaching base an..." January 19

  • Yankees, Betances heading to arbitration over $2M difference

    New York Daily News "The Yankees will have an arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances, general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday. Betances wants $5 million - after making the major-league minimum ($507,000) last season - while the Yankees have countered at $3 million. Betances, in his first year of..." January 19

  • Jorge Posada's career hard to ignore despite losing Hall of Fame eligibility in first year on ballot

    New York Daily News "Jorge Posada is one-and-done. Posada received just 3.8% of the vote in first his first year on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and will be removed from the ballot going forward as a result. Posada, who received only 17 votes, needed to get a minimum of 5% of the vote to remain on..." January 19

  • Yankees' Brian Cashman on 'big-game hunting' for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "A lot of hard-core Yankees fans already can't until the 2018 offseason. They know the big names who can become free agents that year, and they've heard rumors that Yankees are freeing up money now to make a big run then for Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado. And so, GM Brian Cashman was put..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • A-Rod to host a reality show featuring broke ex-athletes

    Hardball Talk "Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank..." January 18

  • CC Sabathia Plans to Pitch Beyond 2017

    12 Up "It seems like every year the New York Yankees are having a farewell tour for a prominent member of their former success. From 2011-2014 the Yankees bid farewell to Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter--the core members of their 4 titles from 1996-2000. To a lesser..." January 18

  • Starlin Castro’s future may be at 3rd due to this Yankees prospect

    New York Post "Gleyber Torres made his first trip to New York this week and on Tuesday, he visited Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are counting on the 20-year-old shortstop, the highlight of the trade that sent Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in July, to be a major part of the future. And if that turns out to be the..." January 18

  • Obama leaves out name of alleged abuser Aroldis Chapman in Cubs' White House ceremony

    New York Daily News "President Barack Obama honored the Cubs' World Series championship team on Monday, mentioning 14 players on the team by name during a 34-minute ceremony. Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended 30 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, wasn't among them. Chapman attended the ceremony at..." January 17

  • Yankees and Dellin Betances still $2 million apart in arbitration

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees have yet to agree to terms with right-handed reliever Dellin Betances, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The two are reportedly $2 million apart from agreeing on a sum; Betances filed for $5 million, while the Yankees offered $3 million. Despite some late-season bumps in the..." January 14

  • Yankees avoid arbitration with Pineda, Gregorius

    New York Daily News "Six down. One to go. The Yankees agreed to terms with six of their seven arbitration-eligible players Friday, the lone exception being Dellin Betances, who will get a raise after making the major-league minimum ($507,000) last season. Michael Pineda ($7.4 million), Didi Gregorius ($5.1..." January 14

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Inside the brash mind of Clint Frazier, the Yankees’ electric super prospect

    New York Post "The road to The Bronx offers zero shortcuts, no easy way to earning pinstripes. Clint Frazier knows this as he now heads into his first full season in the Yankees organization. That’s why the outfielder keeps pushing himself through every punishing exercise at Catalyst Fitness on Peachtree Road..." January 12

  • Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka have not discussed contract extension: Brian Cashman

    New York Daily News "Yankees GM Brian Cashman says he hasn't had any discussions with ace Masahiro Tanaka's representatives about a contract extension. Tanaka, who is slated to make $22 million in 2017, can opt out of his deal at season's end. "We have a significant contract with Masahiro Tanaka," Cashman said..." January 11

  • Yankees' Brett Gardner not likely to be traded

    MLB.com "Brett Gardner appears to have once again outlasted the rumor mill, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that he does not anticipate any moves involving a position player before Opening Day. "I don't have anything active going on Brett right now," Cashman said. "I don't see..." January 11

  • Brian Cashman talks Yankees rotation plans for 2017

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino may be the most important parts of the Yankees’ rotation this season — though for very different reasons. General manager Brian Cashman made clear again Tuesday the current roster likely will be the one that goes to spring training, so there doesn’t figure to..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • The 2017 Yankees could be heading for a change at the top of the lineup

    CBS Sports "All things considered, this has been a relatively quiet offseason for the Yankees. Sure, they did sign Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday, and trade Brian McCann, but otherwise they've opted to lay low. The Yankees haven't done a whole lot aside from those three moves and only a few times have they..." January 10

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Cashman: Yankees Likely Done Adding To 2017 Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yankees GM Brian Cashman suggested in an appearance on the YES Network that his organization is all but done with its offseason roster moves, as Jack Curry of YES reports (Twitter links). Though he’s still checking in on available free agents, Cashman says it’s 99.9 percent likely that there won’t..." January 10

  • Alex Rodriguez won't attempt return to baseball in 2017

    New York Daily News "It appears there will be no A-Rod baseball comeback in 2017. Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, who was unconditionally released by the Bombers last August, is not going to try to play for another club this year, and will instead fulfill his commitment as a "special advisor" to Yankee owner Hal..." January 05

  • Andy Pettitte’s Hall of Fame case is going to be a hot mess

    Hardball Talk "Andy Pettitte is not in the news and he won’t be eligible for the Hall of Fame vote for two years, but he’s on my mind this morning. The reason: I’ve spent the past few days reading various Hall of Fame voting columns, all of which hit on a standard set of factors for each candidate. None of..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Let's read way too much into this Bryce Harper tweet about the Yankees

    CBS Sports "Via Big League Stew, we learn of a series of tweets that involve Bryce Harper and the Yankees and thus amount to Broiling SEO Lava Flow. Are we about to make too much of what follows? You're blasted right we are. First, MLB sent out the following tweet of appreciation regarding Mr. Harper's..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Yankees finally have intriguing position battles heading into spring training

    Fanrag Sports "In years past, the New York Yankees would head into spring training with a limited number of questions about their roster. Fans would know who was going to be starting at every position and usually the only thing up in the air was the order of the starting rotation. Well, the 2017 Yankees..." January 04

  • Yanks feel prepared, but staying 'engaged' in pitching market

    MLB.com "There is a chance that Aroldis Chapman and Matt Holliday comprised the majority of the Yankees' heavy lifting for this offseason, with their signings helping to reload a roster that manager Joe Girardi expects to be prepared to compete in the American League East. Yet the Yanks' continued..." January 04

  • Are Brett Gardner’s days numbered with the Yankees?

    Fanrag Sports "It would not be the offseason without some talk of the New York Yankees trying to trade Brett Gardner. Every winter, and even this past summer, it seems like the left fielder’s name floats around the trade block. It was reported earlier this offseason that Brian Cashman is indeed listening to..." January 04

  • Masahiro Tanaka’s ace-like 2017 would put Yankees in a bind

    New York Post "The Yankees probably can’t win in 2017 unless Masahiro Tanaka performs again like a top-of-the-rotation stalwart. Yet, that might make winning in 2018 more difficult. Tanaka can opt out of his seven-year, $155 million contract after next season, and short of significant injury, the righty..." January 04

  • At long last, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens on Cooperstown path

    USA Today "It won’t happen this year. Maybe not next year, either. But it’s finally happening. For the first time since their names first appeared on the ballot in 2013, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are virtually assured of stepping onto that stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the next few years and..." January 03

  • Blue Jays reportedly considering Brett Gardner, not Bautista

    Hardball Talk "The rumor mill isn’t done with Jose Bautista just yet. Two days ago, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the 36-year-old outfielder had engaged in contract discussions with the Blue Jays. It appeared to be a logical choice for both sides, as Bautista has a lengthy history in Toronto and the..." January 01

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman not willing to sacrifice key prospects for 'short-term gain’

    New York Daily News "Yankees GM Brian Cashman has repeatedly said that he would like to add another starting pitcher. Yet because of the marketplace — coupled with how much he values the farm system he’s built — Cashman acknowledges it may not be feasible. “I think the most important currency to have nowadays..." December 30

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • Yankees’ Greg Bird 'excited' about way shoulder is feeling, confident he'll be back better than ever

    New York Daily News "After missing all of last season due to shoulder surgery, Greg Bird is hoping to make a big impact for the Yankees in 2017. “At this point, I feel so much better than I did before,” the 24-year-old first baseman said in a video posted Tuesday on the team’s official Facebook account. “I think..." December 28

  • Yankees' reunion with White Sox reliever David Robertson unlikely: sources

    New York Daily News "Apparently, the Yankees are interested in bullpen reunions. After bringing back flamethrower Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million deal in free agency, New York's trade talks with the White Sox about left-hander Jose Quintana have expanded to include ex-Yankee David Robertson, according..." December 28

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Talks between White Sox and Yankees feature Jose Quintana, David Robertson

    CSN Chicago "The Yankees' interest in White Sox All-Star starting pitcher Jose Quintana has been reported numerous times throughout the past week or more. But are the Bronx Bombers interested in another South Side pitcher, as well? According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, trade talks between the White Sox..." December 27

  • Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: The case for and against Jorge Posada to make it in

    CBS Sports "Leading up on the announcement of the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2017 on Jan. 18, we're examining each of the 34 candidates on this year's BBWAA ballot. By way of reminder, a candidate must be named on at least 75 percent of submitted BBWAA ballots in order to be elected into the Hall of..." December 26

  • Mel Stottlemyre, former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach, ‘fighting for his life,’ son says

    New York Daily News "Mel Stottlemyre, the former Yankees starter who later coached the team’s pitching staff during the club’s four World Series championship seasons between 1996 and 2000, is “fighting for his life,” according to his son Todd. Stottlemyre, 75, has been battling multiple myeloma, a form of bone..." December 24

  • Red Sox-Yankees rivalry could be headed to London by 2018

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry resumes pleasantries for the 117th consecutive year next season. As early as the 118th edition in 2018, however, the series could take a completely foreign twist. The Red Sox and Yankees could be headed to London. The idea of playing a series between the..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Yanks' rotation could make Bronx cheer -- or get a Bronx cheer

    ESPN "How does Brian Cashman look at Luis Severino? Just take Severino's 2016 stat sheet, crumple it up and toss it in the trash. “If you evaluate his entire pro career, last year is the abnormality,” the New York Yankees GM said. “If you turn the clock back and don’t include those last six months,..." December 22

  • Cleveland Indians acquire reliever Nick Goody from New York Yankees

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If Nick Goody is half as good as the last reliever the Indians acquired from the Yankees, Chris Antonetti ought to send Brian Cashman a thank you note. Cleveland obtained Goody, a 25-year-old right-hander, from New York on Tuesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash..." December 20

  • MLB Hall of Fame: Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Raines all closer to getting in

    CBS Sports "As 2016 winds down, Hall of Fame season is still in full swing. Ballots must be postmarked by Dec. 31. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 18. There are 34 players on this year's ballot, including 15 holdovers from last year. Players must received 75 percent of the vote for..." December 20

  • Yankees reportedly interested in White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana

    New York Daily News "The Yankees may not be done making moves. The Bombers are interested in White Sox lefthander Jose Quintana, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and MLB TV reported Monday morning. Over the past four seasons, the 27-year-old Quintana has emerged as one of the most effective and reliable starters in..." December 19

  • Record 6 MLB teams to pay luxury tax

    Chicago Tribune "A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million. Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also..." December 17

  • Joe Maddon’s Aroldis Chapman defense: I had to win, he always said yes

    New York Post "Even if Aroldis Chapman says he was misused by Joe Maddon in the World Series, the Cubs manager has no regrets about how he maneuvered his bullpen to win a ring. Chapman said Friday he did not agree with the way Maddon used him in the World Series as the Cubs ended their 108-year drought,..." December 17

  • Chapman says Marlins were close to signing him, felt Yanks were more stable

    sny.tv "Aroldis Chapman said Friday that the Marlins were close to signing him, but that he felt the Yankees were the more stable organization. "The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end, my wish was to come back to the Yankees," Chapman said during a conference call. Chapman added that..." December 17

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17